One of the biggest (and perhaps most dangerous) misconceptions about doing a Yoga Teacher Training is that you’re “done” after a 200 or 500-hour course, and that you’ve learned all you need to (or might want to) know about Yoga. That simply isn’t true: you never stop learning, and even after hundreds of additional hours of training, I find myself craving more knowledge on everything Yoga-related. As cheesy as it might sound, as long as I practice Yoga I’ll forever be a student.
Last year, I finally attended the Asia Yoga Conference in Hong Kong, a gathering of more than 50 leading Yoga teachers and wellness professionals from around the world – how often do you get the opportunity to learn from so many experienced teachers in 1 place? I attended Ashtanga classes with Clayton Horton and David Swenson, a Vinyasa class with Jared McCann, an Ayurveda lecture by Dario Calvaruso, a hands-on assisting workshop with Tryphena Chia, and a restorative Yin session with Chris Su just to name a few.
My biggest takeaway from last year’s event is that a conference like this is not just a “Yoga festival” – it offers so much more to anyone who wants to learn more about the sphere of Yoga and practice with some of the world’s best teachers. The repository of knowledge and experience in one venue is astounding.
There were some rumors floating around that the event might take place in another Asian city in 2019, but I was thrilled to hear that the Asia Yoga Conference is coming back for its 12th year and staying put in Hong Kong: it will take place from June 13th to 16th at the Wanchai Convention and Exhibition Centre. There are some new exciting developments and offerings at the 2019 Asia Yoga Conference, read on for what to expect this year!
Teachers at the Asia Yoga Conference 2019
Much like the previous years, the conference will feature nearly 50 world-class Yoga teachers from around the globe. This is the perfect opportunity to learn from some of the top names in Yoga, all in one place. Teachers at this year’s Asia Yoga Conference include Andrey Lappa; David Swenson; Desiree Rumbaugh; Sri Dharma Mittra; Nikki Costello; Tymi Howard; Briohny Smyth; Noah Mazé; Jacquelyn Umof; Mark Whitwell; Yogi Mohan; and Christopher Hareesh Wallis.
Asia Yoga Conference 2019 Program & Schedule
First off, let’s talk about what hasn’t changed: there will be over 165 lectures, workshops, seminars and training classes spread over 4 full days. You’re going to want to plan out your days strategically so that you can make the most of your experience; ensure that you register for your preferred classes as soon as possible before they are full so that you don’t miss out!
This year’s program is still extremely inclusive and suitable for all levels of students. The classes are organized in a way that suits different levels of practitioners – whether you are new to Yoga, have been practicing for years, or are a Yoga teacher looking to deepen your skill set and knowledge. You can read about the various class levels here.
What types of classes are on offer? There are 2-hour workshops involving mostly asana (physical poses), practice and/or some lecture; these concentrate on a defined area of concern like backbending, Yoga therapy, hip openers, pranayama (controlled breathing techniques) and meditation. 2-3 hour lectures will also take place where teachers host seminars on the deeper facets of Yoga and other Yoga/wellness-adjacent topics like spirituality, mental health and philosophy.
There will be 3-hour and 6-hour intensives which are intense educational sessions designed to take you deeper into your practice and offer more extensive insight into a topic, methodologies or techniques. To round off, a selection of “community classes” will be open to the public – no tickets required and attendance is free. A large proportion of these classes will offer either English with Mandarin translation or Mandarin with English translation.
I’m excited for led Primary Series and Ashtanga teaching techniques with David Swenson, a Yoga philosophy seminar with Christopher ‘Hareesh’ Wallis, an alignment workshop with Noah Mazé, meditation workshop with Dr Omanand Guruji, and more. Check out the full schedule here.
This year, the organizing committee has launched new special program streams including one corporate wellness track and four Mandarin tracks. They have been curated for Yoga practitioners who have a specific objective during their time at the event, language requirements, or for those who have difficulty choosing classes from the pool of options. Read more about these pre-selected program streams here.
Also new to the 2019 Asia Yoga Conference line-up is “Special Paid Programmes” and continuing education (CE) training courses for teachers. Certification will be issued and teachers can also log Yoga Alliance-accredited CE hours upon completion for Yoga-related training. So far, there will be a two-day Reiki level certification workshop on June 15th-16th as well as a full-day craniosacral therapy, shamanism, spiritual psychology and energy medicine training on June 14th.
Asia Yoga Conference Ticket Prices
There are a number of different ticket options for the event ranging from single session or single day passes to lecture-only passes and tickets for the entire event (not including the free community classes). The pricing this year is comparable to last year’s event, with prices ranging from HKD$800 for a single workshop to HK$1890 for a 1-day pass or HKD$4990 for the 4-day pass; these prices are valid until June 12th, after which they go up for any last-minute onsite visitors. Unfortunately the early bird deadline has passed already.
However, this year the Asia Yoga Conference is introducing a brand new 2-day pass which grants access to any two days of the conference! The ticket costs HKD$3490, and is good for 8 workshops/classes/lectures/seminars – this means each workshop averages out to HKD$435 (or US$55). If you have paid for Yoga workshops and seminars in the past, you’ll know that this is a massive steal! Check out the various ticket prices and options here.
Tickets to a Yoga event like this are a perfect gift for the Yoga lover in your life. For more Yoga gift ideas (that aren’t leggings or a Yoga mat) head on over here!
Essential information about the Asia Yoga Conference 2019
- The conference will be held from Thursday June 13th to Sunday June 16th 2019. Doors open around 6:30/7 AM and close at 8 PM.
- The venue is the same as last year’s: the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 1 Expo Drive in Wan Chai. The conference will be held at the Convention Hall on Level 1 of the South Wing of the Old Wing of the venue. To get there you can take the MTR to Exit A5 and walk for 6-10 minutes, or take a taxi – tell the driver you want to go to “Wan Zai Wui Zeen Zong Sum”.
- There are ATMs available at the venue if you want to get cash out to stock up on any Yoga gear, accessories, books or DVDs, and you can also grab a bite from the on-site cafeteria.
- Bring your photo ID, your own Yoga mat and any props, a towel (and wet wipes as there are no changing rooms/lockers/shower facilities), a water bottle, a notebook and pen for lectures/workshops and a light jacket or sweater as classes will be air-conditioned. You may also want to bring a change of clothes if you plan to be at the venue for the entire day.
- Where to stay if you’re attending the Asia Yoga Conference: Look into hotels in Wan Chai, Admiralty, Central or Causeway Bay for maximum convenience and easy access to public transportation to get to the venue. Click here to book accommodation in Hong Kong!
Is it worth attending the Asia Yoga Conference in Hong Kong?
Yes, yes, 100% yes, and I can’t wait to be there for the full 4 days this year! My biggest regret was that I was only able to attend 2 out of the 4 days in 2018. I loved the opportunity to meet like-minded people and be a part of the Yoga community, and came away with valuable teachings and resources from the workshops and continuing education classes.
If you live in Asia or Australia, you’ll know the scarcity of high-quality Yoga conferences and events on this side of the planet – this one is a must for anyone who is serious about deepening their Yoga practice and knowledge. There’s a good reason why thousands of Yoga lovers travel from all around the world to partake in this conference!
I attended the Asia Yoga Conference in 2018 as hosted media and will attend the event again in 2019. No compensation was received for this article, and as always, the opinions on Yogawinetravel.com are (and always will be) my own!